The Cleveland Glenville Pipeline's Five Best Buckeye Commits

By Jeff Beck on February 7, 2014 at 11:15a
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In East Cleveland on the corner of St. Clair Ave and E. 113 St sits a school that goes by the name of Glen Hi, short for Glenville High School. Students call themselves the Tarblooders because they beat the blood and tar out of their competition.

Perhaps the mascot was inspiration for two 1920s Glenville students who went on to develop a comic book character they named Superman. This larger than life being did everything in his power to beat the opposition while always fighting for the good guys. Since the inception of Superman the school and neighborhood surrounding Cleveland Glenville High have seen changes, but the idea of fighting for what’s right remains alive and well in the hearts and minds of the Tarblooder football team.

That’s why many of them have chosen to continue their education at Ohio State. Over the past 12 years, 22 Tarblooders have committed to the Scarlet and Gray, more than any other high school over the same period. This tally includes three players in the 2014 class: offensive guard Marcelys Jones, safety Erick Smith and cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

The fact so many Glenville players make the decision to don the Scarlet and gray is no coincidence. The pipeline continues to flow because of one man: Tarblooder head coach, Ted Ginn, Sr.

Ted Ginn SrGinn Sr. has been replenishing the pipeline for years.

Under his tutelage the Red and Black have been a veritable force, dominating the Cleveland public high school circuit while making noise in the OHSAA playoff picture. In 2009, Glenville became the first Cleveland Public school to advance to the State Final in playoff history. In an era where private school money breeds results on the football field, this achievement can’t be understated.

A number of Glenville alumni have walked the halls of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and many have seen meaningful playing time on the field, but five have truly set themselves apart from the rest. What follows are the top-five Cleveland Glenville commits over the last 12 years.

No. 5 Marcus Hall

Hall signed with the Scarlet and Gray in 2009 as a four-star offensive tackle. On first look it was evident Marcus had the frame for the position, standing at 6’5’’ 293 lbs. As a true freshman Hall played in nine games and started one before red-shirting during the 2010 season. In 2011 Hall started the first five games before moving into a back-up role to finish the season. The early experience paid off as Marcus earned a starting position in 2012 and never looked back. He started all 12 games of the Buckeyes undefeated campaign where the Buckeyes averaged 242 rushing yards per game (10th in the nation) and 37 rushing touchdowns (the best for a Buckeye team in 34 years).

2013 was more of the same for Hall who, along with senior veterans Jack Mewhort, Corey Linsley and Andrew Norwell, formed one of the most effective offensive lines in the country, rushing for 308 yards a game (5th in the nation). Hall’s career wasn’t without some controversy, but it’s the kind most Buckeye fans can stomach. He was a beast on the line and will certainly be missed.

No. 4 Christian Bryant

Bryant was a 2010 four-star cornerback out of Glenville who immediately made an impact in his freshman season, appearing in seven games and earning a starting position his sophomore year. In 2011 Bryant had eight pass-breakups (tied for third in the Big Ten), eight total passes defended (13th in the league) and was third on the team in tackles with 68.

Bryant continued his upward trajectory in 2012 where he tallied 70 tackles (2nd on the team), and 13 passes defended (good enough for sixth in the B1G). The performance earned him Second-Team All-B1G honors and set him up for success heading into his senior season.

Unfortunately Christian’s final Scarlet and Gray campaign was cut short after a broken foot against Wisconsin, but that shouldn’t diminish his achievements as a Glenville great. Christian was a leader on the defense and all-Buckeye. His contributions in only three seasons were enough to land him on this list.

No. 3 Tedd Ginn

Back in 2004 Buckeye Nation was abuzz with the commitment of five-star cornerback Ted Ginn, Jr. The son of Tarblooder head coach, Ted Ginn, Sr., the speedy athlete had all the tools to be an amazing cornerback or wide-receiver at the college level.

There’s not much to say here as Ted was all OSU fans wanted and more. In his freshman season he returned four punts for TDs breaking a B1G conference record. The performance earned him First-team All-American honors. His production continued in 2005 where he hauled in 51 catches for 803 yards and 4 TDs. He also housed a punt and a kick return for TDs and punched another score in on a rush. Once again he earned First-team honors tallying a First-team All American nod as a returner by Rivals.com.

In 2006, his last season as a Buckeye he reeled in 59 catches for 781 yards and 9 TDs and added another punt and kick return to his total. He helped lead the Buckeyes to the National Championship and earned First team honors as an All-Purpose player by Rivals and a First-team All-B1G nod.

Ginn is not only one of the greatest Tarblooders to play for Ohio State, but he’s one of the best players to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray period.

No. 2 Donte Whitner

A five-star recruit back in 2003, Whitner was slated as the No. 1 CB in the state and the No. 3 CB in the country. He made his presence known in his freshman season leading the special teams unit with 22 tackles while also blocking a punt and forcing a fumble. In his sophomore year, Donte started six of ten games and finished the season with 69 tackles (good enough for fourth on the team), one sack, four tackles for loss, a pass break-up and an interception.

But, 2005 was Whitner's break-out year. In that season he racked up 73 tackles (third on the team), four sacks, nine tackles for loss, one forced fumble, six passes deflected and two interceptions including one for a score. Not too shabby Tarblooder. Not too shabby at all.

No. 1 Troy Smith

You probably saw this one coming, but Troy Smith is number one on the list of top Glenville talent. Interestingly enough, he was also the least heralded of any of the recruits on this list.

The now famous story is that Troy was one of the last commits in the class of 2002. Things looked bleak at the onset for Smith who played sparingly at kick-returner and running back as a redshirt freshman in 2003. Sitting behind what appeared to be the Buckeyes long-term answer at QB in Justin Zwick, Smith’s playing time appeared to be minimal at best. That all changed when Zwick was injured in 2004 against Iowa. Smith walked into the middle of a 17-0 trouncing and managed a TD pass to Rory Nicol but it wasn’t enough as the Buckeyes went on to lose 33-7. That was one of the last times Smith would endure a loss as the signal caller of the Scarlet and Gray.

Smith went on to win four of the team’s last five games in the 2004 season. From 2004-2006 Smith compiled a 25-3 record as a starter with three wins over Michigan, a bowl win over Notre Dame, a win over No. 2 Texas in Austin and a National Championship game appearance. In his senior season he threw for 2,542 yards and 30 TDs while adding another 204 yards and 1 TD on the ground. The performance earned Smith a Heisman in a landslide, making Troy the best Tarblooder commit in Buckeye history.

Take a bow Troy.

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Kindell's picture

I completely agree with this top 5, but I will say that I think the Glenville 3 from this class could have a hand in shaking up this top 5.

Ginn Sr. does an amazing job there and his players come to OSU ready to play.

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Killer nuts's picture

I might switch Ginn with Whitner but that would be it

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Kindell's picture

Agreed.  You could make a case for both, but I think Ginn had more of an impact.

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MattyBeingMatty's picture

I would switch them as well, respectively.  TG was an All-American his first 2 years while Whitner saw the field on special teams and minimal time defensively. 

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

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BassDropper's picture

I agree also. If we are going off of their careers at Ohio State then Teddy Ginn should be #2. If we are factoring in NFL careers I could see you making a case, but I think Ted Ginn Jr. is one of the all time greats to play at OSU.

DIRECTIONER

ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

You mean 'Hitner'

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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villagebuckeye's picture

Have to disagree about them coming into OSU ready to play.  Ginn Sr gets great athletes but most have been somewhat raw and  needed to be coached up a bit once they get to Cbus.  Teddy never was a great route runner and Troy was a kick returner his first year

Rapping Bum's picture

BOOM.

WHACK.

THUD.

TAR BLOOD.

Help is on the way.

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Killer nuts's picture

Keep the pipeline coming! It speaks volumes about the quality of Ohio high school football that a team with so much talent does not totally dominate the state

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sharks's picture

Fun fact- Troy was kicked out of St. Ed's for various indiscretions before ending up at Glenville. Straightened himself up, and the rest is history.

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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GoBucksToledo's picture

He had trouble as a Buckeye as well and was in Tress' dogouse for a while.  Just goes to show you that second chances have a way of turning some guys around - most recent Heisman Trophy winning Buckeye!

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Fun fact:
Troy punched a kid (who shall remain nameless) from Toledo St Johns in the face during a basketball game whilr at St Eds. That was the last straw for him there...
Still one of the most amazing Buckeye seasons ever. And the last players jersey I bought, which will probably remain unless I have a son that plays.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Who is Gigantor wearing #70 in that pic?   Holy Moly!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

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MattyBeingMatty's picture

Aundrey Walker I believe...

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

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jenks's picture

According to the USC website, he's down to 300lb.

TNbuckeye91's picture

Hey Matty, is the quote at the bottom about Michael Vick your quote or someone else's?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Oh man, you've been missing out.

A really famous quote from TP. A classic example of his poor ability with the press. I felt bad for him in this instance, because clearly he did not mean what he said. He was trying to get across a good message, but it ended coming off as really ignorant.

 

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TNbuckeye91's picture

oh damn, i don't know how i never saw that. That was terrible. I was really hoping that that quote didn't come from mattybeingmatty, but come to find out, great it came from TP.  everybody kills people.

MattyBeingMatty's picture

Hahaha.. Unfortunately God did not gift me with the athletic ability to be able to say something like that in a post game interview.

*EDIT* On the old site there were not enough characters to quote TP, but now since there are it is there.

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

MattyBeingMatty's picture

Exactly what Jake said here ^.... Easily one of the most confusing and awkward interviews I've ever heard.  Love TP!

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

BuddhaBuck's picture

IMO, I would flip TG-II and Donte Whitner... As stated, Ted Ginn was one of the best Buckeyes, period.

Don't text while driving.

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Thomas's picture

Donte Whitner was an absolute animal. Good times.

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sb97's picture

Personally, I would have had ShotGinn at number 1 but this article does make a good case for Troy.  I might have considered Hines over Hall based on the full career.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Switch Theodore Ballgame and Whitner, for sure. For me, Ginn is number one on this list. He was crazy good. I think he was unique in that we'll never have someone like him ever gain.

m5987usus's picture

Ted ginns college highlights are some of the best highlights by far

O-H!

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Killer nuts's picture

Troy Smith's weren't bad either

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GregB's picture

We have been quite lucky the last decade +.  I was watching different highlight reels of various Buckeyes and between Mo C, Ginn, Beanie, Troy, TP, Brax, and Hyde, Im not sure anyone else has any better.  And on defense we could make quite a reel of AJ, Bobby C, Donte, Malcolm, Lil Animal and even Cam.   

MattyBeingMatty's picture

"Ted Ginn! Ted Ginn! Ted Ginn did everything!" -DS

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

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seafus26's picture

It's been a long time since we've seen QB play like this. Man he maximized his arm strength with mechanics and little wasted motion. He may not have been big, but we've had bigger guys before and since that couldn't wing it like him and were easier to get onto the ground despite their size. Come save the Houston Texans, Troy!

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Ted Ginn Jr is the most exciting player I've ever seen play for OSU. This bad quality video still gets me out of my seat.

 

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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Jugdish's picture

Thanks for posting. What a great combination of Smith to Ginn.

Remember to get your wolverine spade or neutered. TBDBITL

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AJBor41's picture

Got goosebumps watching that again.  One of my OSU favorite highlight videos of all time.  The 3:54 mark is the definition of TGJ.  He had just made a cut and there are two Hoosiers within a yard and a half of him, and already running at full speed and he pulls away in 2-3 strides.

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Killer nuts's picture

That first punt return is one of my favorites for Ginn. If you pause the video right after it strikes the 18 second mark when you can see all the defenders in the window it is inexplicable that Ginn gets through

JohnnyKozmo's picture

I know Musberger has his moments, but he hands down the best play-by-play in CFB today.  Not even close.  Nesler and Tirico are up there, but he definitely makes the highlights better.

osubuckeye4life's picture

That catch juke and run at 2:47 against Les Mile's Ok State team in the Alamo Bowl was absolutely amazing! It reminding me of a run Michael Vick had where he started on one side of the field and completely changed directions to gain 20 yrds on what should have been a 10 yard loss when he played for the Falcons. 

Tom57's picture

I think Jermaile Hines would be ahead of Hall. We haven't had a safety able to blow up a bubble screen since he graduated.

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IGotAWoody's picture

I was surprised to not see Hines on the list, too.

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themostbrian's picture

Good list but I think the exclusion of Jermale Hines was a huge oversight.

I would put him 4th behind Troy, Ginn and Whitner with Marcus Hall 5th - Hines is the prototype for what we now call the 'Star' position and he basically held down that position for a couple of great defenses in 2009 and 2010. Hines was that tweener athlete that basically changed how Tressel defended spread offenses - he was a linebacker with DB speed and he was a sure tackler.

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

^^^This!

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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CC's picture

Tedd Ginn is what Urban is searching for with this class of Buckeyes.  A true game changer and a threat on every play.  Let's hope he finds one.

Watching the Troy Smith video is awesome, seeing the "1" next to OSU in the score just looks right.  It's been too long since we've seen that, I hope Braxton can summons his inner Troy Smith.  Smith was the ultimate gamer.

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OSUpawn's picture

Love Ohio Football ! ! ! !

I believe the SEC players put their pants on one leg at a time like we do.

Fear The Elf's picture

Been going to Glenville games since the Troy/Ginn days.

Most talented team I ever saw from them was 2005 with Bryant Browning, Robert Rose, Arvell Nelson, Bruce Frieson and Cordale Scott. Team was just loaded.

Most talented individual was probably Dareus Hiley. Kid was an absolute freak. Was in the same class as Whitner. Never saw the field due to off the field stuff.

seafus26's picture

I haven't lived in Ohio for years. How does that school not win championships? 

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

Fear The Elf's picture

Couple reasons.

First, until this year, they were D1, which always has a few nationally ranked teams.

Second, as much as I respect Ted Ginn Sr. as a person and a leader of men, he's not very good x's and o's. Glenville has very agressive schemes, but they are so basic and predictable. A good coach with decent athletes can beat them.

seafus26's picture

Just wondering. I'm removed up there so don't know. I think of a rival HS down here in Houston, Katy HS. They don't produce D1 talent like that. Their best alum is probably Andy Dalton. They play old school power football. Kinda like our Tressel teams. I can't stand them but respect what they've built and the championships they've won

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

Osurrt's picture

I agree with the top 5, but believe that we will see 1 or 2 of the 2014 crop join this list 4 years down the road. I agree with others that Teddy Ballgame should move in front of Whitner (at least in the S&G, their Pro Careers favor Whitner).....That being said, I would make Troy 1A and Ginn 1B. Sounds crazy seeing as how Troy won the Heisman in his Senior year, but Ginn contributed from beginning to end in a big fashion and was a constant danger and threat on offense and special teams. Would have loved to see the national Championship Game with him available for 60 minutes.

Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

2002
Troy Smith - won a Heisman, unanimous All-American, AP Player of the Year, played 5 NFL seasons

2003
Dareus Hiley (4-star) - never did much
Donte Whitner (4-star) - 1st Team All-Big Ten, 2x Pro Bowl, NFC Champion

2004
Ted Ginn (5-star) - 1st Team All-American, NFC Champion
Curtis Terry (2-star)

2005
Freddie Lenix (3-star) - don't believe he ever played a game for the Buckeyes
Jamario O'Neal (4-star) - HUGE bust

2006
Bryant Browning (3-star) - started some games, but was never anything special
Robert Rose (5-star) - possibly the biggest Glenville bust to date
Raymond Small (4-star) - too concerned with partying, than playing

2007
Jermale Hines (4-star) - never really did anything at Ohio State

2008
Jermil Martin (3-star) - most underrated Tarblooder; came up BIG so many times vs. Michigan
Shawntel Rowell (3-star) - don't recall ever playing at Ohio State

2009
Marcus Hall (4-star) - key player on the O-line for 2 years
Jonathan Newsome (3-star) - didn't do much for Ohio State

2010
Christian Bryant (4-star) - one of the best diamonds in the rough (ala Jermil Martin)
<this was the year of Latwan Anderson (5-star), and most ppl thought Bryant would be an afterthought>

2011
Cardale Jones (3-star) - career is still being written, but on track of being "just another guy"

2012
De'van Bogard (4-star) - hasn't done anything, but is a So or Jr (I think?)

2013
Chris Worley (3-star) - career is still young/being-written

2014
Marcelys Jones (4-star)
Marshon Lattimore (4-star) - heralded to be the "next Ted Ginn" (quite lofty expectations)
Erick Smith (4-star) - firmly expect Smith to be the "next Christian Bryant" (i.e., every expects him to be the afterthought of his class, but could very likely end up being the prize Tarblooder jewel of his class)

All-in-all... the pipeline probably hasn't been as "lucrative" as one would think.  Aside from Smith, Whitner, Ginn, Martin, Hall, and Bryant... only 6 of 18 Tarblooders (not counting Worley, Jones, Lattimore, and Smith since their careers are still being written) have "panned out."  That's a "hit rate" of 33.3% (or roughly 3 out of every 10 Tarblooder recruits (for Ohio State)).
 

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MattyBeingMatty's picture

"2007
Jermale Hines (4-star) - never really did anything at Ohio State"

 

Huh!?!?!?

“Not everybody’s the perfect person in the world, I mean everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me, whatever. I think that people need a second chance, and I’ve always looked up to Mike Vick." -TP

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Scarlet_Buckeye's picture

Eh.  I suppose you're right.  Hines had a decent career, I suppose, at like OLB/SS/nickle-back, right?

JakeBuckeye's picture

Bryant Browning (3-star) - started some games, but was never anything special

Wasn't he a two or three year starter? That's pretty damn good. 

Jermale Hines (4-star) - never really did anything at Ohio State

Uh, what? This isn't even debatable, Jermale was a great contributor.

Jermil Martin (3-star) - most underrated Tarblooder; came up BIG so many times vs. Michigan

Maybe you are confusing Jermil and Jermale, hah. When did Jermil do anything of significance at Ohio State? I remember a long TD run in garbage time against Minnesota and that's it.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

but on track of being "just another guy"

How so?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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IGotAWoody's picture

"Jermale Hines (4-star) - never really did anything at Ohio State"

Dude, don't know what yer smokin', but I'd love to try some of it! 

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Troy Smith - the wolverine killer!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Waltbuck's picture

Loved how he stepped up his game against them.

DefendYoungstown's picture

Jim Tressel - the wolverine killer, Troy Smith - the venom...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

AcrossTheField11's picture

Where does Jamario O'Neal rank on this list?

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

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gobucks96's picture

I'd put Ten Ginn at the top, Troy, then Donte... 

JFKBuckeye's picture

Dareus "Superman" Hiley. Was better with the ball in his hands than Ginn.Ted Jr idolized Dareus although Ted eventually became the higher ranked player

tennbuckeye19's picture

Ray Small must be number 6, right?

ITWASME's picture

I'm hoping that in 10 years we'll be making a list like this for St. Thomas Aquinas

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seafus26's picture

You and me both.

Go Bucks and michigan STILL SUCKS!

sbentz4's picture

I believe its spelled Hitner now

harleymanjax's picture

IMHO if Ginn had Urban for a coach we would be looking for the next Ginn, instead of the next Percy Harvin!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

HighBallAce's picture

Troy Smith, simply the best. Can you imagine what it would have been like to have him on last years team? I love Braxton but I just don't think he has near what Troy had. I realize that Troy had better recievers but I truly believe Troy would have made the recievers we had last year much better than they were. He could run if he needed to and he was a much better passer by a mile than Braxton or Pryor for that matter. There is no doubt in my mind that the 06 team would have won a National Championship if Ohio State would have had this years OL. If only we could mix and match different parts of different teams.

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Phutatorius's picture

I had maybe the opposite reaction when I was watching Smith's highlights — I was sitting there thinking, "Imagine if Brax had WRs like Ginn, Gonzalez, and Robo to throw to."

That's not knocking Troy, who is one of my all-time favorites and made huge leaps forward as a passer from '04 to '05 and from '05 to '06.  Braxton has not developed to that extent.  But if he had NFL-caliber receivers running routes, getting open, catching balls, and grabbing YACs, he'd look a lot better than he did this November. 

Ebvine96's picture

I have no basis but I got ted ginn 1, Troy smith 2 for body of work in career

tussey's picture

Man, I thought for sure Rob Rose was going to be #1

psibuck's picture

Whitner and Ginn could be 2a and 2b.  Hard for me to put one ahead of the other.  After watching Troy's highlights above my only thought is life before HD sucked. 

OC-BUCKEYE's picture

Gotta put Teddy G. at #2 and Hitner at #3

Jim Tressel for President!

The Urban Legend's picture

Man I could Troy Smith throw the ball for hours

The Legend continues

osubuckeye4life's picture

I also agree that Ginn Jr. should be either 1B or 2 behind Troy. He was such a special player that only comes around once every decade or so.

Spirit's picture

Show the Troy film to Brax and tell him, now is the time for you to lead us to the promised land!!!!! Go Brax,/ Go Bucks!

Spirit

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Seattle Linga's picture

If I could give Ted Ginn Sr. my entire helmet sticker load I would. He helps develop kids in the inner city of Cleveland to become young men with respect. Most of his kids are successful weather they go on to play college ball or not.

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buno67's picture

its amazing how much talent Glenville turns out and yet they never can win a state title.

Ginn Sr. does a great jon at preparing his kids for the next level but rarely gets them prepared enough to win a title.

Seems like year in and year out when Glenville gets into the playoffs, they get out coached.

Does great thing for the kids, giving them the hope that they can better their life and ill never take that away from him. Does a great job at developing the Jimmy and the joes but struggles at the Xs and Os

 

 

buno67's picture

sorry double post

bigbill992001's picture

How about the top 5Glenville kids that got away?   Just curious.